HP seems to have set its sights on pure innovation – besides the gargantuan super-computer project simply called “The Machine”, which HP promises will revolutionize computer technology itself, its recently come out with a very surprising, ground breaking, yet ultimately flawed all-in-one desktop called the Sprout. What sets this PC apart is the inclusion of a floppy 20-inch mat and a 1024 x 768 pixel projector sitting on top of the screen. The projector is also a 2D and 3D capable scanner.
The mat – which has a smooth, vinyl like texture and is stain-proof against almost anything – functions as a 20-point multi-touch pad. That means it can respond up to 20 points of contact simultaneously, allowing multiple people to use it at the same time. The mat also functions as a screen for the projector. The real fun begins once you put something onto the mat and instantly scan it into the computer – 2D scanning is almost instantaneous and its a quite a trip to pull a page off the mat and see it still sitting, perfectly recreated by the projector. Even more fascinating, and promising, is the 3D scanning. Simply put whatever 3D object onto the mat and presto! The object shows up on your screen, rendered into 3D.
2D scanning is quick and easy, and you can use the mat to draw as well. (IT Consulting Denver)
The 3D scanning is truly promising, but its still incomplete and bug-ridden. (IT Consulting Denver)
Besides the issue of non-compatibility with real designer programs, such as the Adobe line of apps, the ground-breaking new tech also stumbles quite often. Some of the apps take a long, long (like seven minutes) time to load, constantly crash, and the navigation – on top of Windows 8.1 being a navigational nightmare – is confusing. The 3D scanning, while impressive, is incomplete: objects are only partially scanned, as there is no way to scan their bottom half as of yet. HP promised to fix this issue with an upcoming update that will allow the user to scan both halves, one by one, and stick the results together to form a coherent image. Also, anything shiny or glossy is a real challenge for the camera to scan, usually ending up in strange, distorted and blown up shapes. Even the drawing and tracing functionality is flawed, as your palm, while resting to give your drawing support, leaves marks.
All in all, the HP Sprout has excellent ideas and truly innovative technology. The only problem is that it lacks any real polish – there are way too many bugs, and at the moment it lacks any real use, as there is no way for a professional to utilize any of this groundbreaking technology, making this $1900 desktop feel like a giant tease. Until HP cleans up the Sprout, we recommend passing it over and just buying a drawing tablet.
(IT Consulting Denver)